A former president of Nigeria, Olusegun Obasanjo, has said he would not like to be addressed as ‘Dr.’ having bagged a doctorate degree from the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN).
Obasanjo in an interview with Premium Times said he does not want to affix the title Dr. to his name.
Stating his reason, the former president said he would prefer that people continue to address him as ‘Chief Olusegun Obasanjo’ which he adopted after leaving the military to become Nigeria’s democratically elected leader.
He said: “I think I prefer to remain as ‘Chief Olusegun Obasanjo’ to avoid confusion. My first son, Olusegun Obasanjo, holds a Ph.D in Architecture. So when you say Dr. Olusegun Obasanjo, you might be referring to me or to him.
“But that my son is not yet a chief, so I am higher than him in that. If you say ‘Chief Olusegun Obasanjo’ there is no question who you are referring to. That is me, and not my son.
“There are those saying I should now be called ‘Chief Dr. Olusegun Obasanjo’. Me, I don’t know about that o. As far as I am concerned, that is too complicated,” Obasanjo said.